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October 20, 2005
In praise of Toronto's trees
Internationally renowned photographer Geoffrey James has collaborated with
writer Pleasance Crawford to produce "Toronto Tree Portraits," a 2006 calendar
that celebrates the importance and uniqueness of our tree heritage with a
selection of tree portraits of some of Toronto's most remarkable trees. The
foreword is by Margaret Atwood.

Trees are the lifelines of Toronto, and a predominant contributor to its images
as a green and livable city. More than three million publicly owned trees
dominate Toronto's ravines, line its boulevards and beautify its parks.
Millions more trees grow on private property. The annotated tree portraits not
only provide a unique and innovative perspective on Toronto's past, they also
serve as a key to the future.

The White Willow on Ward’s Island, Screw Pine in Allan Garden Palm House,
Manitoba Maple in the Don Valley, and the Red Elm in Dufferin Grove Park are a
few of the trees that are featured in the "Toronto Tree Portraits" calendar.

The calendars are priced at $15 each and are available by calling the Toronto
Parks and Trees Foundation at 416-397-5178. All proceeds from the sale of the
"Toronto Tree Portraits" calendar will go directly to the Toronto Parks and
Trees Foundation, a charitable public foundation that was founded in 2002 in
response to a growing concern about the state of parks and trees in Toronto.

The Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation is dedicated to supporting and enhancing
Toronto's public park system. The Foundation works in partnership with Toronto
Parks, Forestry & Recreation to enhance, create and restore Toronto’s parks and
trees for our enjoyment and the enjoyment of future generations.

For more information on Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation, visit

Media contact:

Leslie Coates
Executive Director
Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation



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